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Activision has finally revealed how ELITE will work with Black Ops 2. First and foremost, there will not be a premium option. All the features of ELITE with Black Ops 2 will be free for everyone. 

  • Player HQ — Track Call of Duty: Black Ops II performance with rich game statistics, including enhanced match information such as heat maps and recent match data; track challenges and extensively modify your classes like never before using Treyarch’s new Pick 10 Create-a-Class system.
  • Clan HQ — Join an existing clan or start your own, invite friends and then take part in Call of Duty: Black Ops II clan competitions with cool digital prizing.
  • Zombies Support — For the millions of Zombies fans out there, now you can track your Zombies personal statistics and compare it to other players’ around the world.
  • Call of Duty Elite TV — Launching with tablet support with Call of Duty: Black Ops II, the new Call of Duty Elite TV will deliver a renewed community focus featuring developer tips and strategy programming, custom class overviews and more.
  • Social Sharing and Notifications — With Call of Duty Elite‘s new notification system, you can stay updated with what is going on in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, as well as communicate directly with your clan.

Call of Duty Elite now offers players the ability to connect, compete and improve like never before. Call of Duty Elite features for the blockbuster game Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which launches worldwide on November 13, 2012, will be free. Call of Duty Elite for Call of Duty: Black Ops II will include a host of new and improved features, including both Player and Clan HQ, Zombies support, Call of Duty Elite TV, social sharing and notifications, and more!

They have also confirmed that the ELITE Tablet App will launch with Black Ops 2.

Elite will be only for Xbox and PS3 at launch. Hirshberg says Activision is “evaluating options to bring Elite services to the PC and Wii U.” The DLC will be available for Xbox/PS3/PC, first on Xbox, but ATVI says, “Our goal is to bring the Season Pass and DLC to the Wii U also, but it’s a new system and we need a bit more time to work out the details with Nintendo.”

Check out the official FAQ after the break discussing clans/etc:

SOURCE: Activision Press Release – Image gallery via The Verge

Why did you make Call of Duty Elite for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 free?

A -We are continually looking for ways to offer more value to our Call of Duty community to make their experience better. Offering the Call of Duty Elite service and features for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for free will help us further unite the Call of Duty community of gamers, and will take our fans’ ability to connect, compete and improve to the next level.

Q -For Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, will there be any difference between Premium and free members?

A -No, there will not be a separate Call of Duty Elite Premium membership offering for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. All Call of Duty Elite services and features for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will be free..

Q -If I sign up for a new Call of Duty Elite account for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, can I also access my player information for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and the original Call of Duty: Black Ops?

A -Yes, once you’ve signed up for Call of Duty Elite, the service will track your stats in all supported Call of Duty® games/platforms. Player information and stat tracking for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and the original Call of Duty: Black Ops have always been free features, and you will be able to access your player information going forward.

Q -If I sign up for Call of Duty Elite for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, do I get all of Call of Duty Elite’s features for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Clan Operations, etc.)?

A -No, not all of them. Many Call of Duty Elite features, such as stat tracking and player information, have been and will remain free across all Call of Duty titles and platforms that Call of Duty Elite supports. However, existing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3-specific Premium membership features, such as leveling-up your Clan in Clan Operations and special competitions, will remain available to current Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Premium members. We are no longer offering Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Premium memberships now that the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Season of Content is concluding.

Q -Are you giving away all the paid content in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 to new free users who buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 2?

A -A – No, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Premium membership content will not be a part of the free Call of Duty Elite offering for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.

Q -I already have a Call of Duty Elite free membership/login. Do I have to create a new one for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2?

A -No, your existing Call of Duty Elite login information will give you access to all the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 elements in Call of Duty Elite, as well as your existing career stats and data for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and the original Call of Duty: Black Ops. You will be able to access all your player and clan information using your existing login.

Q – Will my current Call of Duty Elite clan for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 transfer over for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2?

A -A – Yes, your current Call of Duty Elite clan for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will transfer over for Call of Duty®: Black Ops 2. However, your Call of Duty Elite clan level for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will be reset, as it is separate from your Call of Duty® Elite clan level for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Additional details regarding leveling up your Call of Duty® Elite clan for Call of Duty®: Black Ops 2 will be released at a later date.

Q -Will Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 downloadable content (DLC) be a part of Call of Duty Elite?

A -No, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs will be offered separately from Call of Duty® Elite.

Q -How will I be able to purchase Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC if it isn’t part of Call of Duty Elite?

A – Supporting Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Activision will be selling four epic DLC Map Packs both á la carte and through the introduction of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass. The four Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs will deliver a variety of new Multiplayer and Zombies playable content and are expected to be available in 2013. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass and DLC Map Packs may not be available on all platforms, and pricing and release dates may vary by platform.

Q -How much will the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass cost?

A – The Season Pass will deliver all four new Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs at a discounted suggested retail price of $49.99 (discount based on four DLC Map Packs at a suggested retail price of $15 each). The actual retail price for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass and DLC Map Packs will be set by the platform manufacturer and/or retailer.

Q -Where can I purchase a Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass?

A- Pre-orders for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass are available now at select retail outlets. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass and DLC Map Packs may not be available on all gaming platforms, and pricing and release dates may vary by platform. Following the game’s launch on November 13th, the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass will be available for purchase at select retail and online outlets worldwide.

Q -What if I’m not ready to buy a Season Pass? Will I be able to purchase Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs individually?

A -Yes, in addition to the Season Pass offering, fans have the choice to purchase the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs á la carte upon each Map Pack release.

Q -If I buy a Season Pass, will I get early access to the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs?

A -No, fans who purchase the Season Pass will have access to each of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs on the same date as those who purchase the DLC Map Packs á la carte for their respective platform.

Q -When will I be able to find out more details about Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs?

A -Further details regarding the 2013 calendar of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs will be made available following the game’s launch on November 13th.

Q -What platforms will the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass be available for?

A -The Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass will be available for multiple platforms. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs will come to the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system first, followed by additional platforms at a later date.

Q -Will the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs and DLC Season Pass be available for the Wii U?

A -With details for the Wii U game system from Nintendo being newly announced, Activision is working with Nintendo on the possibility of releasing the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs and the DLC Season Pass for this new gaming platform, and more details will be released at a later date.

Q -Will Call of Duty Elite continue supporting the original Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3?

A -Yes, Call of Duty Elite was built from the ground up to support Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and future enabled Call of Duty game releases, while also including limited functionality for the original Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Q -What about current Call of Duty Elite Premium members – will they still get to use all the Premium services and features for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare  3?

A -Yes, Call of Duty Elite Premium members will continue to enjoy the Call of Duty® Elite Premium membership features for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 through the end of their current subscription period.

Q -Q – Can I pre-order Call of Duty Elite for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2?

A – No, pre-orders for Call of Duty Elite are not available for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. All Call of Duty Elite service features for the upcoming blockbuster Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 game, which hits worldwide on November 13, 2012, will be free.

Q -What if I already pre-ordered Call of Duty Elite for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2?

A -Pre-orders for Call of Duty Elite for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 are not available. Please check with your local retailer for additional questions.

Q -What if I still have an unused Call of Duty Elite Premium membership code from purchasing the Hardened Edition of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – will I still be able to use it?

A -Yes, if you have an unused Call of Duty Elite Premium membership code from purchasing the Hardened Edition of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, you will be able to use the code up until November 08, 2012 to unlock and access the Call of Duty Elite Premium membership service and features for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, including the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Season of Content.

Q -What about Call of Duty Elite Founders?

A -Call of Duty Elite Founders benefits, such as exclusive Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Operations, will continue. However, with the service now nearly a year old, we have no future plans to offer new enrollments for Founders status.

Q -Will there be a Call of Duty Elite Collector’s Edition of Call of Duty®: Black Ops 2?

A -No, there will not be a Call of Duty Elite Collector’s Edition of Call of Duty®: Black Ops 2. Please visit http://www.callofduty.com/blackops2/ce to see more details on the Collector’s Edition offerings for this year’s Call of Duty®: Black Ops 2.

Q -Will Call of Duty Elite be included in the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Collector’s Edition?

A -A – No, Call of Duty Elite will not be included in the Collector’s Edition of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Call of Duty® Elite services for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 are free, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs will be offered separately from Call of Duty® Elite.

Q -What platforms will Call of Duty Elite be available on for Call of Duty®: Black Ops 2?

A -Call of Duty Elite will be available at launch on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, on select handheld and tablet devices, and on the Web.

Q -Why is Call of Duty Elite not available on the PC or Wii U game system from Nintendo?

A -We are currently evaluating options for Call of Duty Elite to support the PC and Nintendo’s Wii U™ game system, however Call of Duty Elite for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will not support these two platforms when the game launches on November 13th.

Q -What languages will Call of Duty® Elite be available in?

A -Call of Duty® Elite is available in English, French, and German languages.

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  • PcPlayer

    One big Q is this will work for PC?

    • ELIT3_COD

      Yep They are trying to get elit3 for pc ASAP

      • Faidh Ghouze

        They are trying, but it wont be available on release day.

        • wut

          what so hard about making elite on PC?
          isnt it copy paste with a few tweaks?

          • Elite For PC!

            so they ARE gonna get elite for PC, but not on release day, but on a later day?

          • HEY Cowboy

            just forget it, they told us the same thing with MW3 and still no Elite

    • PC support will not be supported by ELITE at launch. They hope soon.

  • Hoempapa

    Elite also for PC?

    • Not at launch.

      • HEY Cowboy

        It’s what they said for MW3…”Not a launch”, 1 year and still no sign of it…

  • caloge

    anyone notice the prestige emblem for black ops II was not one of the 10 shown recently? It did show prestige 6 later in the video, so I wonder if its a placeholder, or the “boss master prestiger” emblem when you hit max level/max prestige

  • Brian Murana

    Now im confused…I went to gamestop last week and they told me i could preorder Elite 2.0 and i would get all the DLC and everything else for $49.99…i was like yeaaaa!! But now it doesnt exist and the season pass takes that over?? Can someone help me?

    • Adam Nord

      They were telling you that you could pre-order the season pass.

    • Go to them and ask to cancel your order immediately.

      • Brian Murana

        I called them and the guy explained (after he read the email the employees got earlier) that by tomorrow the elite that i preordered would automatically be switched to the season pass

  • Mr Shoelayce

    Ray Gun. 🙂 And new map called Farm ?

    • Adam Nord

      They said earlier, that the tranzit map is broken down into x many smaller maps that can individually be played for the survival mode. And as it was stated below, The Farm is a part of the huge tranzit map.

  • Ray’

    Does black Ops 2 reward you in any way for prestiges in previous cod games?

  • Ray’

    I imagine Farm is a small part of the Tranzit map

  • Okay so if we pre order the hardened edition we get nuketown 2025 for “FREE” but wont it be released in one of the map packs!?! So technically, arent we gonna pay for it anyways!!!?? Esentially we are paying extra to get it early?!

    • Adam Nord

      No, when you receive the hardened edition, upon opening it you’ll find a dlc code. You will then redeem the code online, or on your console to then download it. You can download it as soon as you redeem this code on launch day. (Assuming Treyarch and Activision don’t have problems on release day)

    • If you want to think like that, sure. But, HE will not give you the season pass. And they have not confirmed how to get NT 2025.

  • nick

    do u get the dlc with black ops 2 hardened edition

    • Adam Nord

      Probably not. The only thing you get with the hardened edition, is a plastic carepackage, a quadrotor, and the dlc token for 2025. All map pack dlc will have to be purchased separately.

      • C0UNT IT

        Neither the collector’s ed. or the hardened ed. come with the dlc. When I pre-ordered the game at Gamestop a few months back the guy asked me if I wanted to pre-order Bops 2 Elite services and I did. I’m assuming what he was talking about is now called Season Pass.

      • Gerardo_espinoza13

        No u dumbass thats the veteran package

        • Adam Nord

          Sorry, I didn’t waste my money pre-ordering extra bullshit, so I don’t know whats all in any of those packages.

    • No.

  • AB95

    Direct clan communications!!!! My co-workers are wondering why I’m dancing right now!

  • Ethanchaudoin

    i went to game stop when i pre-ordered black ops 2 and he asked if we wanted to get elite for black ops 2 and get all the map packs and it was 50 dollars and how will that work now when i go to game stop on november 13 will i get the season pass as well?

  • Ironcarlo2000

    Do we have to spend another fifty bucks for elite 2.0?

    • Edfox81

      elite is free

  • Jonnie

    When the season pass runs out, do we still get to keep our dlc?

    • K!LA Clan Official

      ofcourse you keep it , it just means when the next call of duty comes out you will haveto pay again

      • Brisingr7337

        Ok thx 🙂

  • so, can i see the “rich game statistics” only on my pc/phone/tablet or ist it also intergrated in the game itself (where it belongs)?

  • Crema

    If i preordered the collectors edition will i have dlc map pack for free or at a discounted price?

    • Adam Nord

      NO, you have to PAY like everyone else. UNLESS you pay 50 USD for the Season Pass, Otherwise, the price will probably be 15 USD like it has always been.

  • Can you purchase a black ops 2 season pass using xbox360 microsoft points (if so how much will it cost?

  • KEVENSANDOVAL52

    SO DOES THE HARDENED EDITION GIVE YOU THE MAPS FOR FREE LIKE MW3

  • Jordanyramos

    hey i been searching all the web for this answer since is not anymore in call of duty faqs, i remember reading that players with founder status would not have 2 pay membership anymore and now they say they dont have anything to offer to founders members anymore . can somebody tell me if u have to pay againg for another mw3 season pass even if u a founder member ?